September 20, 2017

Afghan Professor Takes in Campus Culture

Muzghan Hamraz (left), a professor from Afghanistan, and Suzanne Bott (right), discuss the heritage conservation program involving the UA and Kabul University on Wednesday. Bott is the director of the program, which aims to help build Kabul’s heritage conservation program in Afghanistan. (Photo by Michaela Kane via The Daily Wildcat)

A visiting professor from Afghanistan is learning about cultural conservation in order to take what she learns back to her country. Muzhgan Hamraz, is a professor from Kabul University in Afghanistan who came to Arizona through the UA’s Heritage Conservation Program. Hamraz said she’s hoping the knowledge she gains here will allow her to expand the class options at her ... Read More »

Big Night for McAuliffe, Christie and de Blasio

Bill de Blasio, the Mayor-elect of New York City. (Photo by cityyear, Creative Commons License)

Democrats scored big in Virginia and New York while the blue state of New Jersey, which President Barack Obama had won by a margin of 18 points, re-elected Republican Chris Christie as governor for a second term. Bill de Blasio, the Democratic challenger in the New York’s one-sided mayoral race, won by huge margin against Joe Lhota, who enjoyed the ... Read More »

Why Asians Are Deserting the Republican Party

Asians for Obama in San Fransisco. (Photo by Steve Rhodes, Creative Commons License)

Asian-Americans have been moving steadily toward the Democrats and away from the GOP. In 2012, Asians supported Obama by a staggering 73-26, compared to 62-35 in 2008. This is a remarkable trajectory for a group that, back in 1992, supported George H.W. Bush over Bill Clinton by a strong 54-30 margin. In every election since then, Asians have increased their support for ... Read More »

The US-Iran Thaw

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We are living in interesting times indeed. Many of the international relations global norms and systems that have come to be accepted as the bedrock of stability are in a state of flux. Consider this for example. The Security Council (UNSC) in particular is being blamed for its inability to deal with the existing and emerging conflicts. President Obama himself ... Read More »

Over 10% of America’s Largest Companies Dodge Tax

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Among companies listed on the S&P 500, almost one in nine paid an effective tax rate of zero percent — or even lower — over the past year, according to an analysis by USA Today. There are 57 separate companies listed on the index that paid a zero percent rate from the past year. Those companies include both household names like Verizon ... Read More »

Obamacare Struggles But State-Run Health Care Shines

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Uninsured Americans are having a hard time enrolling in private health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov. The federal website is slow, unresponsive and at times provides inaccurate information about applicants’ eligibility for federal tax credits. Insurers, meanwhile, say they’re receiving duplicate enrollments, missing data fields, and other errors in the applications that consumers complete. State-run health care marketplaces in Kentucky, New ... Read More »

US Shutdown Ends, Costing Economy $24 Billion

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Here Is What Republicans Got For Shutting Down The Government By Igor Volsky After shutting down the government for two weeks, Republicans appear to have secured just one concession from a Senate-crafted deal to raise the debt ceiling and re-open the federal government: an income verification system for individuals who earn above 400 percent of the federal poverty line and qualify ... Read More »

Emerging Senate Deal May Slightly Change Obamacare

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As Congressional negotiators put the final touches on a deal to avert national default and re-open the federal government, lawmakers are considering two small changes to the Affordable Care Act: an income verification system for individuals and families receiving subsides and a one-year delay in the law’s “reinsurance tax,” a little-known provision designed to spread risk among health care insurers ... Read More »

How America is Transforming

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The government shutdown continues in the US and worries are growing about the looming debt-ceiling deadline, and whether the US will default. The media discussions are occurring around the clock about the evolving positions of the Republican and Democratic parties. However, so far they do not appear to be much different from what they were earlier, leaving little room for ... Read More »

Asia Gets on With it While America’s Out of Play

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Of course President Obama had no choice but to stay at home. It is certainly not his fault that the interests of the United States and its friends have been so seriously damaged by the lack of respect that has emerged in American politics for the core institutions and principles of its great democratic state. The culpability for this latest ... Read More »